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  • Tennessee enacts enhanced opioid prescribing controls

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Jun 01, 2018
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    Opioids
    House Bill 1831 was recently signed by Tennessee’s Governor, which enacts prescribing restrictions on opioid analgesics; sets dose caps on morphine milligram equivalent (MME); and defines enhanced prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) requirements. Effective July 1, 2018, the bill bases prescribing restrictions on various treatment timeframes and requires the prescriber to properly examine, justify and document the need for additional opioid treatment.


  • Louisiana expands use of medical marijuana

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | May 31, 2018
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    Medical Marijuana
    The Louisiana Legislature, in the waning days of their session, approved House Bill 579 permitting usage of medical marijuana to treat an expanded list of conditions. The bill permits medical marijuana to treat conditions such as glaucoma, muscle spasms, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Parkinson’s disease and intractable pain.


  • DFEC clarifies reimbursement policies on physician dispensed medications

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | May 29, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, Physician Dispensing


  • Colorado moves to curb opioid utilization

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    | May 24, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, Pain Management, PDMPs, Opioids
    Recently, Colorado’s Governor signed into law Senate Bill 22, which enacts opioid prescribing restrictions as well as enhanced PDMP reviewing/reporting requirements. The bill also requires that the PDMP program develop and provide prescribers of opioids a “health care provider report card” related to their prescribing patterns.